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Safety at Night in Cape Town and Other Warnings and Dangers

Warnings and Dangers in Cape Town: Safety At Night

Cape Town is one of the most popular go-to destinations in Southern Africa, with stunning views and beautiful surrounding landscapes. When visiting Cape Town, remaining vigilant and alert (especially at night) is essential to avoid potential crimes from occurring.

Remain Safe at All Times When Visiting Cape Town

Whenever you are traveling through Cape Town, keeping an eye on your valuables and surroundings is essential at all times, especially with higher crime rates at night relating to muggings and theft.

Avoid driving in unpopulated areas of Cape Town at night, as carjackings are most common after sunset. Only park your vehicle in lit areas and preferably in an area with crowds or a larger population regardless of the time of day you are driving in. Walk in groups any time you are out in Cape Town after dark to ward off criminals and thefts looking to prey on tourists or passersby. Any time you drive at night in Cape Town, you run the risk of being stopped by gangs or mobs of thieves looking to steal your vehicle and potentially rob you for valuables and the money you have on you. When calling for a cab service, always verify the company you choose is legitimate and offers marked cabs to avoid scams.

When renting a private residence in Cape Town, be sure to inquire about locks, window bars, and alarm systems before paying for your booking. Ensure the property is safe and secure and ask the current owner about potential theft and the surrounding areas of the home and their risks of crime. Many incidents involving theft and potential harm occur at night, often both residents and tourists off guard.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about safety at night in Cape Town and other warnings and dangers.

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